For The Love Of Mike
Aaaaaand it's lighten-the-mood time in the car, as Mike uses voice-commands to futz with the seats, then, when KITT says he has to make a stop, busts out the hoary old "you should have gone when we stopped before" chestnut. As is consistently the case, though, Bruening's wise-ass delivery is almost good enough to put the cheap line over. Not the next one about KITT running on plutonium, which Olivier couldn't have saved, but in any case the scene is primarily for the purposes of proving KITT's green-a fides -- he runs mostly on solar power and gets 167 miles to the gallon. It does seem, if they already made the plutonium reference, like they could also have had KITT run on household refuse or compost, like at the end of Back To The Future, and it would make a great running gag in the series. With the...banana peels? No?
At the gas station, Sarah goes into the mini-mart while Mike tells KITT that his whole deal is weird -- "like having a creepy guy in the backseat." "You think I am a...creepy guy," KITT Datas. Well, not you, but we've heard rumors about KILM on the set of The Island Of Dr. Moreau, and they aren't super-flattering. Then KITT decides to stir up some shit(t) by asking why Mike really left Sarah, tattling that Sarah says he's immature and selfish. Mike: "She said that?" KITT asks, "Do you have another girlfriend?" then posts a picture of a rainbow flag on his viewscreen before adding, "Are you a homosexual?" I am absolutely paralyzed by the number of "William Daniels as KITT" jokes I could make here, so you'll have to go on ahead without me. For his part, Mike is like, shut up, dude. Then Mike and KITT have a conversation about whether monogamy makes sense (Mike is against), and KITT coughs up some national divorce statistics. Mike: "Yeah. You happy?" Kitt points out that technically he can't be happy. "Me neither," Mike sighs.